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The joy in secret acts of kindness

We've all heard stories of someone paying for someone else's coffee when they've forgotten their wallet, and maybe seen the film 2000 Helen Hunt film Pay it Forward (which had a not so encouraging ending) but how often are we unexpectedly kind in our everyday life? 

There's lots of public kindness, kindness that makes you look good when others are watching, conspicuous kindness that sees you being appreciated. And there's no denying that it's lovely to see the results of your kind...

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The art of being selfish

“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate,
Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.
Our light, not our darkness, frightens us most.”
— MARIANNE WILLIAMSON


Do you hide your light under a bushel?

I love this phrase even though I've got no clue what a bushel actually is. And I love Marianne Williamson's quote because it's true. 

Why is it that we, particularly women but certainly some men, get such clearly contradictory messaging in childhood about being...

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Trading a mountain for a waterslide

Sometimes I wonder why we persist in imagining goals as mountains to climb.

For those of us not in the 0.08% of the population that love climbing mountains, all the mountain metaphor does is help us imagine how tough it'll be to get up there. The pain, the cold, the lack of oxygen, struggling with a backpack, a distinct lack of civilized bathroom facilities - we end up exhausted and defeated before we begin!

So I've come up with an alternative that's far more satisfying...

Let's trade in...

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On not knowing

We're super excited to share with you the first of a series of articles from Katie Holcombe. I call her our International Correspondent, because she's currently doing her thing (and many things for us) in Denmark and she's so much more than a digital nomad. Enjoy! Bec

 

Have you ever left or quit something that in doing so leaves a great big question mark in your path?

Maybe you’ve quit a job, a relationship, moved from a country or city – and instead of knowing your...

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Fear and love

Last week I delivered a talk to a group of freelancers and solo biz owners on being in flow with opportunity. It's a big focus of my work and one that has been an interesting adventure in my own life as I step away from the well-worn path of success toward one of my own making.

Launching into something new is a time of excitement and fear for most of us. How much excitement and how much fear end up in the mix is entirely up to you.


“The most important decision we make is whether we...

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Reinventing contemporary masculinity

Political and social discourse is rarely my forte. 

So I'll make this brief. 

Our business has a female founder (c'est moi) and most of the support team in our coworking HQ are female as are many of our client project collaborators. This hasn't been the intention but it works well and is as much about the blend of personalities as it is about gender. 

We have an even mix of gals and guys amongst the diversity of our coworking and consulting clientele and almost to a fault all...

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Side gig, solo gig, is breaking free for me?

There's a lot of hype around being part of the startup scene, going freelance, and having a super creative, achingly hip side gig. It can be easy to get grass is greener syndrome when all you're seeing is the seductive appeal of freedom and financial wins. 

Two things to start with:

1. It ain't all beer and skittles - it can be, but for many people it's hustle and heartache

2. You don't have to work for yourself to be free or fulfilled

___________

If you're pondering going it alone let...

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Feel good first

Warning: we are about to take a detour from traditional business thinking and apply contemporary science to the leadership experience. You might like to keep an open mind...

 

Quantum physics tells us that rather than being solid objects, we are all energy vibrating at frequency. In fact everything in our universe, all matter, thoughts and feelings have their own vibrational frequencies.

What you might not know is that the frequency at which we vibrate is the key element that defines our...

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Why compassion is THE quality to cultivate

As we began to recognise people as complex beings and looked for ways to inspire, motivate and engage them toward the achievement of organisational goals, empathy rose to the fore as a method of connection and a capacity to understand. 

And whilst empathy is a significant step along the leadership ladder beyond sympathy, we can evolve beyond empathy, and I suggest that evolution leads us to compassion. 

But what is compassion really, given most definitions are nebulous at best?

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